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30 October 2007

Geneviève Letarte will perform the songs on her album Âmes soûles during Coup de cœur francophone event on November 4, 2007. The concert will take place at Lion d’Or in Montréal (Isabelle Cyr is doing the first set).

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28 October 2007
By Eric Theriault in Panpot (Québec), October 28, 2007

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“The revered Montréal-based Quatuor Bozzini are great modern explorers. Transcending musical traditions is their entire raison d’être. […] a confident work of art; something other-worldly, textured, occasionally repetitious, fragmented, canonic and medieval. It’ll freak your entourage, and inspire you to new heights. It’s gloriously pompous, really.”

[…] The revered Montréal-based Quatuor Bozzini are great modern explorers. Transcending musical traditions is their entire raison d’être. Anyone who releases a rendition of Steve Reich’s Different Trains certainly deserves an asterisk next to their name for being too cool for school. The fourth volume of its collection, and latest, Canons + Hoquets (out on Ambiances Magnétiques / Dame), pairs the complete string quartets of Japanese composer Jo Kondo and the UK’s Howard Skempton. To quote the group, "the styles are drawn through Skempton’s deployment of long canons, versus Kondo’s persistent hockets and refined choice of timbre." Okay, okay, some may not consider this jazz, more actuelle or chamber-like obviously, but I could care less about genre classifications. I’ve stuffed it in my jazz section like a rebel without a cause! The viola of Stephanie Bozzini, the cello of Isabelle Bozzini, and the shared violins of Clemens Merkel and Nadia Francavilla combine here for a confident work of art; something other-worldly, textured, occasionally repetitious, fragmented, canonic and medieval. It’ll freak your entourage, and inspire you to new heights. It’s gloriously pompous, really. […]

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25 October 2007

Doublebassist Pierre-Yves Martel has been awarded by L’OFF Festival de Jazz de Montréal. He has received the François-Marcaurelle prize for his project Quartetski Does Prokofiev, a jazz quartet adaptation of the famous Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s 20 Fugitive Visions for piano solo. Moreover, the ensemble will launch a new CD in December as part of the “coup de cœur” concerts produced by SuperMusique.

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25 October 2007
By Outlier in KFJC On-Line Reviews (USA), October 25, 2007

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“… truly a magnificent and important contribution to the undomesticated sounds of experimentation.”

Antoine Berthiaume out of Montréal and MaryClare Brzytwa from Mills College create a garden of delights for listeners looking to be challenged and soothed in the same spectrum. A first-order recording of flute, guitar and laptop voyages that could lead to an out of body experience. The space between drone and experimental soundscapes is the galaxy these partners in para-normal sounds traverse. A quiet revolution unfolds from the abandoned forms of composition, exploratory in purpose yet quite sensible in texture. Many laptop layer cakes collapse like soufflé but Berthiaume and Brzytwa make it happen like master chefs having a chat while prepping decadent delicacies. Even the space between sounds takes on significant meaning and function, truly a magnificent and important contribution to the undomesticated sounds of experimentation.

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24 October 2007
By Kai Ginkel in Spex (Germany), October 24, 2007

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“… allemal imposant.”

Geisteswissenschaften, erschienen bei No Type, ist ein wahres Sammelsurium der Querverweise. A_dontigny, der junge Komponist dahinter, hat sich hiermit ein äußerst ambitioniertes Unternehmen aufgebürdet, das vermutlich nur im augenscheinlichen Durcheinander Bestand finden kann, das dem Hörer in der vorliegenden Musik schroff gegenübertritt. Abgedeckt werden wollen schließlich — in Form von Referenzen, kleinen Fetzen und sonstigen Unscheinbarkeiten — ausgewählte Episoden aus (natürlich) Musik, Philosophie und auch aus der modernen Kunstgeschichte. Ob ein solches Projekt gelingen kann, überhaupt gelingen darf? Man begegnet hier einer etwas trockenen Art von Humor, die das heillose Ineinandergreifen zu einem verführerisch ereignisreichen Flickenteppich zwischen Sample-Akrobatik und enervierender Kunstmusik verdichtet. Erstaunlicherweise zieht und quengelt sich jedoch ein recht eigener, charakteristischer Stil durch die 17 versammelten Stücke: Das macht das Zuhören etwas leichter, glücklicherweise jedoch nicht leicht genug, um aus Geisteswissenschaften am Ende tatsächlich schlau zu werden. — Das Hauptkapital dieser Musik liegt schließlich nicht zuletzt in ihren zahllosen Unklarheiten verborgen. Daher: kurzlebig, aber allemal imposant.

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23 October 2007

Finally! The reprint of the CD Upbeat by Fred Frith Guitar Quartet is now avalaible!

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